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Letter From Jail Leads Police to House Full of Stolen Goods

A stolen car and an abandoned letter from the King County Jail led police to a South Seattle home on Wednesday, where officers seized hundreds of items believed to have been taken in burglaries and thefts.


Earlier this month, police recovered a stolen car near Othello Park and returned it to its rightful owner. The owner later contacted police and said they had found a letter in the car, written by someone staying at the King County Jail to a woman living in the 7100 block of 44th Avenue South—the same block where the victim’s stolen car had been found.

When police went to the home Wednesday, they saw the woman—who is well-known to police—peeking out a window. A man answered the door at the home and allowed officers inside, where they quickly noticed piles of apparently stolen items, including expensive purses and a laptop marked with the name of a recent burglary victim.

Officers arrested the 37-year-old woman and the 41-year-old man man at the home and also learned the house was supposed to be vacant and was scheduled to be put up for sale.

Police pulled an estimated 300 items from the home, and are now working to return them to their rightful owners.

South Precinct Burglary Unit is investigating and have advised the Major Crimes Taskforce about the case.